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787 Lansing Street, Utica, NY 13501
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Ranked #20 of 146 Restaurants in Utica
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Oneonta, New York
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107 reviews 107 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The service here is excellent. All of the staff are very friendly and helpful. Venturas has a extensive menu with a wide variety of Italian dishes to choose from. The food was very tasty everyone enjoyed there meal and there were no complaints. You leave the restaurant full. The restaurant is in a area of town that seems a little... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Every time I am in the Utica area I make it a necessity to stop at Ventura's. Their food is rich in flavor and their sauce is fabulous! You can even buy a jar of it on your way out. I enjoy their broccoli and hats, Haddock Marinara and their salad with their Italian and crumbly blue cheese dressing. A... More

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Somerset, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I traveled to this location back in the beginning of August and was very impressed with the selection. The food was very fresh, well prepared, and I definitely left on a full stomach. Even though I don't travel to upstate NY as much, when I do go back, I will find the way and time to return. Excellent job all... More

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Utica, NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Perhaps a bit pricey for what it is, but food is quite good, and portions are large. My family and I will definitely return. Staff was excellent.

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Venice, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We hadn't been through Utica in several years and tried to remember the old family owned Italian restaurant t where we had had a nice meal. Couldn't find that one but found Ventura's instead. The host/owner was so pleasant and we found out his parents had started the restaurant in 1943! His daughter and son work with him now. The... More

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Miller Place, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Phenomenal greens, wheat pasta hats, chicken cacciatore, lasagna, sausage, and funny enough, the best meatball pizza I have ever eaten. Marinara is superb and owner gave us a complementary jar on the way out. App, 4 entrees, 6 drinks for $126. Very fair esp. given the large portions. Had lunch next day with leftovers. Easy 5 stars. Clean and great... More

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New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

My wife and I dine on a regular basis at Venturas. The food, especially the home made pastas, are always excellent. The specialty dishes are also very good. The waiters and staff have always been friendly, and attentive, without being pushy. They are also regularly agreeable to provide special requests. They are equally good for lunch and dinner.

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Ilion, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We chose to go here for my husband's 65th birthday with a group of family. The bartender was very pleasant and it looked like a promising evening. I questioned the waitress before ordering as to whether the scallops were sea scallops or bay scallops. She said they were the "very large" ones- so I ordered them. When they came the... More

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Utica, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

First time there. Staff=great. Friendly, helpful, come often enough to be on top of stuff, but not too much to be distraction. Met the owner, the chef. My filet slightly overdone outside, but both our meals=excellent. The manicotti was off the charts good and so was the chicken parm. Hot, timely, I highly recommend this place. It will become a... More

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Utica, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The service was great...The food excellent...We plan on going there every New Years Eve...and other occasions too...

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